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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

12 days 11 nights

Code NTT18

Category Nepal Trekking

  • Group Size 2-10 Person
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 4,100 m (13, 448 ft)
  • Trip Starts From Pokhara
  • Trip Ends At Pokhara
  • Accommodation Lodge or guesthouses
  • Type Trekking
  • Season Spring (March to May) and Fall (Oct-Nov)
  • Destination Phedi Chomrong Deurali Machhapuchhre Annapurna Base camp Tadapani Ghorepani Poon hill Pokhara
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The regional capital of Pokhara is 200km, or 125 miles, west of Kathmandu - a beautiful 30-minute flight or a rugged and revealing five hours by road. It is our starting point for Annapurna Base Camp trekking. The trailhead at Phedi is nearby; there we launch this amazing journey. In the beginning, the trail is well-trodden through terraced farmland and traditional villages. As you climb through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, across sparkling streams and past waterfalls, the world of snow and ice starts to unfold above you. This is a moderate graded trekking trip with four to six hours of walking each day, with some longer days.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking is a panorama of bustling villages and terraced fields of millet and rice, and the majestic splendour of Machapuchare (6,993m), Annapurna I and Hiunchuli (6,441m). This is an extremely rewarding trek. Ascend to the Machapuchare Base Camp (3,700m) on the lateral moraine of Annapurana South glacier. The steady climb up to the Annapurna Base Camp reveals the full splendor of this natural amphitheatre. When you reach the camp, you will be overwhelmed by the 360-degree views of the Himalayas. You will retrace the trail back to Pokhara, with a short diversion to Poon Hill to enjoy the views of Annapurna from a different angle. The Annapurna Base Camp, needless to say, is the most popular trekking trip in Nepal.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Transfer from Pokhara to Phedi and begin the trek

You need to arrive in Pokhara minimum a day before the trek begins. Today, you are transferred by our van to the trail head at Phedi (45 minutes) and then begin trekking. On the first day of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking, you will hike steep uphill to Dhampus and are greeted with splendid views of the mountains. The trail climbs on a stone-paved trail through forests to Deurali and lengthily descends to Tolka (1,790m/5,872ft) for an overnight stay. (6-7 hours trekking).

Overnight at the guest house.

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Trek from Tolka to Chhomrong

Today is the second day of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking and you will have a long day to go! You will descend a stone staircase, go through the forests to a ridge, pass some streams, terraced fields, go through the villages of the Gurung people, and cross a suspension bridge. After a rigorous walk, you will arrive at Jhinu Danda where you may want to take a soak in the hot spring (time permitting) and, after continue trekking uphill to Chhomrong where you will stop for the night. You will enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Fish Tail from Chhomrong (2,190m/7,185ft).

Total expected duration of trekking: 7-8 hours!


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo

The third day of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking is a relatively shorter day. The trail descends on another stone staircase through fields and crosses the Chhomrong River on a swaying suspension bridge. You will follow beautiful forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak as you descend a long, steep, and slippery stone staircase to Bamboo (2,310m/7,579ft) for an overnight stay.

Today, we trek approximately 4-5 hours.


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Trekking from Bamboo to The Himalayan Hotel to Deurali (3,140m/10,300ft)

You will follow the trail above the river, passing through a thick bamboo and rhododendron that bushes up the side of the canyon. Then you will combat with the rocky and steep trail across several landslides avalanche tracks before arriving at Hinko. You cross a ravine and make your way up through large boulders until you reach Deurali for an overnight stay. (4-5 hours trekking).

Overnight at mountain lodge.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~ Deurali to Machhapuchhare Base Camp

Cross a stream to descend to the Modi riverbed and then the trail ascends gradually to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft). Although it’s a short day today, you do not want to continue any further as you will have a significant altitude gain today and need to properly acclimatize before attempting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Check into the guesthouse and spend the rest of day enjoying the views of Machhapuchhare, Annapurna III, Fang and Annapurna South as well as preparing for the Annapurna Base Camp - the ultimate destination of this trip.

Today, total walking is 3 or 4 hours. 

Overnight at a guest house.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

Today, you head to your destination and goal of this trek. Starting very early in the morning, the path widens as you enter the sanctuary, follows a stream and then climbing to a few huts alongside a moraine. You will be overwhelmed by the views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering high above the base camp (4130m/13550ft). You may overnight at the Annapurna Base Camp, return to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp or continue further down the trail. It will typically depend on weather and conditions.

Overnight at guesthouse.


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07 &08~Trek back to Himalayan Hotel to Chhomrong

You will retrace the journey down on the way to the Himalayan Hotel. Spend one night here and the following day, you will continue the trek to Chhomrong.

Overnight at guest house.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Chhomrong to Tadapani

You will leave the main trail and deviate towards Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft). The trekking will weave you down into and up out of numerous stream canyons. You'll hike up through the rhododendron forests with trees up to 60 feet tall. These rhododendron forests grow between 6,500 and 11,000 feet and from a distance they appear to be a red and pink strip around the higher foothills. Today, you may have an opportunity to see Languor monkeys. You will stay overnight in Tadapani today.

Total trekking duration 5-6 hours.

Overnight at guesthouse.


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Tadapani to Ghorepani

The hike takes you through Banthanti (8268 ft.) and Deurali (9810 ft.). As you approach Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350 ft.) you will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri. Ghorepani is high on a ridge above the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Separating the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri ranges, the Kali Gandaki is one of the deepest canyons on the earth. Today, you will encounter the first of many elaborately decorated horse and mule caravans.

Total trekking duration 5-7 hrs.

Overnight at guest house.


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~ Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tirkhe Dhunga

Early in the morning, you will trek to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,531ft.) to watch the sunrise with the panoramic views. You will be able to view more than 30 white-capped peaks (the whole Annapurna range). The sunrise view over the Himalayan panorama is a life changing experience.

After breakfast, you begin to descend on the toughest part of the Gurung Staircase. The trail passes through rocks most of the time. You will pass through several small villages where you may stop for rest and buy some refreshments. You'll get glimpses of the Annapurna peaks as you hike along the trail and through another rhododendron forest. You will stay in Tirkhe Dhunga (1,557m/5,108 ft.) overnight.

Total trekking duration 5-6 hours.

Overnight at guest house.


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Tirkhedhunga to Nayapul to Pokhara

You hike to Birethanti (1025 m/3,363 ft.) and have lunch here before descending to Naya Pul. Your guide will arrange a taxi here and Pokhara is about 1-hour ride from here.

Service ends.


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • 11 nights mountain lodge accommodation run by local families.
  • Meals 3 times a day in the lodge.
  • All trekking permits
  • Local certified English speaking Guide
  • 1 porter for each two trekkers
  • Transportation from Pokhara to the trail head and return to Pokhara.
  • Down sleeping bag for the use during trekking
  • Down jacket for the use during trekking
  • Duffel bag
  • First Aid kit
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara transportation by tourist bus ( flight option is available on additional cost)

Trip does not include

  • Nepal visa
  • Airfares
  • Drinks, tipping and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal clothing and trekking gears.
  • Transportation to Pokhara.

A moderated graded trekking

Annapurna Basecamp is a moderate graded trekking, with a maximum altitude of 4130 m (13, 546ft) at the Base Camp; suitable for anyone with normal health conditions. In average, we walk from 6 to 7 hours and some days are longer or shorter. At an altitude 3000m or higher, we are likely to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness that includes headache, dizziness, breathlessness, disorientation mild symptoms but with prior preparation and proper acclimatization, the chances of getting sick can be minimized. Our itinerary is carefully designed and tested by our experienced guides and so they allow you proper acclimatization.

If you are not optimally conditioned, it’s advisable to begin preparation several weeks ahead of the trip. We advise you to do some power exercises like jogging, cycling, swimming etc for at least 1 hour daily about 2-3 months ahead of the trip that keeps you fit and build stamina in your body as well as increase your confidence level and of course minimize the chances of getting acute mountain sickness. We have to avoid dehydrating and so we advise you to consume 3-4 liters of water daily and also liquid food in meals. Not sure if it has any medical grounds, but our Sherpa guides recommends garlic soup to treat the effects of the altitude. Porters or pack animals will carry all gear and camp supplies (if you are taking camping trip), leaving members free to carry only a light day pack, No technical climbing or other special abilities are required.

Mountain lodge accommodation

While camping is the way of enjoying trekking in true sense, it’s also a costly arrangement as a good number of support staff (Guide, Cook, Cook Helpers, Sherpa and Porters) has to be hired and we have to bring camping and kitchen gears and food supplies and fuels, being transported all the way from Kathmandu all along. But Annapurna Base Camp trails are abundant with family run lodges, also known as Tea Houses and so its really not necessary to do the camping. Using lodge accommodation available along the trekking route makes the trip relatively easier and cheaper.

On this trip of Annapurna Base Camp, you will sleep in the local lodges and eat your meals in the dining hall of those lodges. Annapurna Base Camp lodges or guesthouses are primitive and are provided with dorm style rooms with futon or foam mattress and quilt or blankets. You will use common squat toilet. Hot shower, if available in the lodge is a luxury and you need to pay extra for that. The lodges are local family run businesses, father being the manager, the mother the cook and children are the servers. Staying in guesthouses gives us opportunity to mingle with the locals and fellow international trekkers like yourself.

Meals during trekking

Annapurna Base Camp trekking cost includes standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinners, followed by tea or coffee. Meals are cooked by the lodge family. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most Annapurna teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks (extra cost) and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill up your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills. Some lodges charge extra for filling up bottle for the cost of boiling the water.

Besides, you are advised to bring dietary supplements such as vitamins, energy bars, dry fruits etc to munch along the trail.

Guide and support staff.

Your Guide for the Annapurna Base Camp trekking will be a certified, English speaking local who will accompany you as from Kathmandu. All Far & High Guides are trained by KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) on first aid, environment, conservation and biodiversity. As required by law, all our trekking guides are licensed by Tourism Department’s academy. Most importantly, they are professional, helpful and always willing to provide you with personalized care and services.

A typical day of the trekking

Your guide escorts you along the trail, selects the lodge for accommodation and help you choosing your meal and deals with local bureaucracy whenever required. As you pay all trekking charges in advance, the guide will take care of the bills. We provide one porter for each two trekkers and he carries 15 kilograms. Porters are locally hired at the village where your trek begins from, if not hired from Kathmandu. The guide and porters will have good clothing and boots to survive the harsh weather of the mountains.

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. All we need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of our gear for us.

After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

The best season for trekking in the Annapurnas

Autumn ( Mid Sep-Mid Nov)

This is the best season for trekking in the Annapurnas because of the best visibility, the freshest air and perhaps the clearest skies. The weather is excellent and the mountain views are tantalizing. This is also the time the two major Nepali festivals Dashain and Tihar fall in. International airfare is also cheaper during this time.

Hind side, this is also the busiest tourist season in Nepal. That means hotels and lodges are full and transport and good guides are booked. If you plan to travel during the fall, please place your reservation well ahead of time, at least 4-5 months before your travel date.

Spring ( March-May)

This is the second preferred trekking season. The weather is still pleasant. Rhododendrons and wild flowers will be in blossom but mountain views may not be as great as in the fall time.

Summer ( Mid June-Mid September)

Please avoid the rainy months of mid June through Mid-September for trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. The regions receives heavy rain during this time of the year. The trail will be slippery with abundant leeches, streams will be in their highest level and trails can be covered with mud slides or even washed down by the avalanches.

Winter ( Mid Nov-Feb)

Unless you are an experienced trekker, avoid trekking during Winter as well. There can be heavy snow fall in the higher elevation and of course, it will be extremely cold.

Packing List

Packing list can vary according to your needs, interests, duration of the trip and the season you are trekking in. The items listed below are essential for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Please, note that each two trekkers are provided with one porter and you are advised to limit the weight 15 kg (33 lb) per porter.

Far & High provides one duffel bag for your personal clothing and gears which is for you to keep as souvenir. We will also provide you a sleeping bag and a down jacket which you need to return after the trip completes. But, please feel free if you want to bring your own.

During trekking, we recommend LAYERED CLOTHING! This means that the majority of your clothing can be worn in layers, so that you can put on more clothing if it is cold or take off layers as it gets warmer. For example, it is much better to wear a T-shirt, cotton shirt (long sleeve), light sweater and windbreaker than to wear one bulky parka. This idea also comes in handy when you are packing and trying to keep under the weight limit.
Please, use the list below for a guideline.


T-shirts- Light and expedition weight thermal tops- Fleece jacket or pullover- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket- Down vest and/or jacket (provided by us)- Under Garments- Hiking shorts- Lightweight cotton long pants- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


Thin, lightweight inner socks- Thick, warm wool hiking socks- Hiking boots with spare laces- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp


Lightweight gloves- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)


Sun hat or scarf- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat- Sunglasses with UV protection.


Sleeping bag rated to 0°F ( Provided by us)- Head band light (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag (Provided by us)- Basic First Aid Kit ( Some are provided by us but bring your own if you have any special needs)- Large plastic bags - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)- Trekking Poles - Water bottles - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)- Ear Plug (Helpful if your room mate is snoring or your neighbors party or chat all night!. Rooms are no soundproof.


1 medium sized quick drying towel- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)- Deodorants- Nail clippers- Face and body moisturizer- Feminine hygiene products- Small mirror.

Personal Hygiene:

Wet wipes (baby wipes)- Tissue /toilet roll- Anti bacterial hands wash

First Aid

Diamox (for altitude)-Advil-Aleve-Vicks Vapor Rub-Sunscreen-chap stick-anti nause-antimmodium-band aids blister-band aids-eye drops-advil cold and dinusnasal-moisurizer-q tips-tweezers-tiger balm etc.


1 SLR camera with 3 extra batteries (recharging batteries in the mountain can cost money)-1 Point and shoot camera-1 Video Camera-1 solar charger (For places where there is no electricity or cost money)-Chargers with belkin mini surge and adapter.

Other items good to have:

Binoculars- Reading book- Trail Map/Guide book- Journal & Pen- Walkman- Pencils and small notebooks- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble- Swimming customs .

Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara

The trip does not include the accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara but we are able to book the hotels for you.In deluxe class, we use Yak and Yeti Hotel or De l'Annapurna-centrally located 5 star properties with local management. In Pokhara, our preferred property in deluxe category is Fishtail Lodge that lies in Phewa Lake peninsula. In mid-range, we use 3 star Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu and Kantipur Hotel in Pokhara.

Transportation to Pokhara

Transportation to Pokhara is not included. If you are traveling from Kathmandu, you have option of flight (30 minutes) or private car with driver (6-7 hours) or regular tourist bus (7-8 hours).

From Chitwan National Park, your options are either tourist bus or a private car with driver.

Please, plan to arrive in Pokhara minimum one day before the trip begins. You also need to plan to stay overnight in Pokhara the last day you conclude the trip.

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Add Ons

Chitwan Jungle Safari

US$ 170

Chitwan Jungle Safari

A 2 nights and 3 days jungle safari package in Chitwan National Park proves great scope of jungle safari rides and its worthy taking this trip as an add on to your trekking or cultural tour of Nepal Himalayas.

Ride on elephant back or drive your four-wheeler to view wild animals in their natural habitat or you might escape for a canoe rides on the jungle rivers. One can also have a memorable nature walks, bird watching excursions, village and cultural tours.

Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. The park covers a pristine area of 932 sq. km and rich in flora and fauna. Situated about 160 km ( 100 miles) Southwest from Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site .in 1984. The national park is home to the Great One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, 4 species of deer and many other mammal, reptiles and birds.

Package Price

River View Jungle Camp or similar: US$ 180 per person for 2 nights/3 days package.

Jungle Villa Resort or similar: US$ 250 per person for 2 nights/3 days package

Barahi Jungle Camp: US$ 550 per person for 2 nights/3 days package.

Package includes:

2 nights accommodation on double occupancy basis, full board, national park fee and jungle safari activities.

Package does not include:

Transportation, personal expenses such as drinks, tipping, laundry etc.



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